Song : Allegories : “Evaporate” ft. MEAGHA

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You might recall we posted the song “Funny Way of Loving You” from a unknown project Allegories last September. While we still literally know nothing about them, they have unloaded an airy new and even better song “Evaporate” featuring performance artist MEAGHA. The cut is a hazy number sure to captivate your ears. Along with the song, comes a video shot by MEAGHA using just her laptop and MAX MSP. Additionally, according to the email we got, MEAGHA “likes cigarettes, cereal, murder, and basketball.” With a bio like that, how can we not pay attention. For the time being until we find out more, you listen to the new song and watch the video for it below.

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MOKB Video Premiere : Joan Shelley : “Rising Air”

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Electric Ursa, the third LP from Louisville, KY’s Joan Shelley really started to get more spins on our turntable as the weather got colder and colder. It just has that sound made perfectly for nights at home seeking shelter from the weather of the outside and longing for warmer, maybe even better days. Today, we have the visual for one of our favorite songs from the album, the Aimee Mann-esque “Rising Air” directed by Ryan Daly. In it, you will see images of animals and taxidermy along with Shelly and her band highlighted in darker tones to follow the mood of the song. Find the video below along with her upcoming tour dates that will finish at SXSW in Austin. If you haven’t already, purchase Electric Ursa here via No Quarter.

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Tour Dates:
Feb 24 – Workmans Club – Dublin (IE)
Feb 25 – The Errigle Inn – Belfast (IE)
Feb 26 – Kellys Bar – Galway (IE)
Feb 27 – The Greyhound Bar – Kilkee (IE)
Feb 28 – Leap Castle – Roscrea (IE)
Mar 1 – Coughlans – Cork (IE)
Mar 4 – The Glad Cafe – Glasgow (UK)
Mar 5 – The Old Fire Station – Penrith (UK)
Mar 6 – View Two Gallery – Liverpool (UK)
Mar 7 – The Lounge at Gullivers – Manchester (UK)
Mar 8 – De La Warr Pavilion – Bexhill-on-Sea (UK)
Mar 11 – The Green Note – London (UK)
Mar 13 – Rote Fabrik – Zurich (Switz)
Mar 18 – 21 – SXSW – Austin, TX

MOKB Premiere : Crater : “Shoot You Down” (The Stone Roses Cover)

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Seattle’s Crater were one of our favorite discoveries from last year mixing brooding ’90s atmospherics and electronics in a similar fashion to a Depeche Mode or even a modern day reinterpretation of the band Garbage with their chameleon-like musical tendencies. While they released several great one-off singles in 2014, their full potential was fully realized in their gorgeous track “Ain’t Right”. The song had us major jonesing for a proper album from the ladies.

While we still don’t have new album to dial up on, the duo have given us an absolute monster cover of The Stone Roses “Shoot You Down” from the English band’sclassic 1989 self-titled debut album. Crater’s version fills out some of the sparseness of the original with illuminating and droning synths making the song completely their own. We haven’t stopped playing the song since it appeared in our inbox last week and we are pretty certain you will have this on repeat as well. You can listen to the track below via Soundcloud or the video that was, according to the band, “compiled from creative commons footage off Vimeo and the depths of the internet that felt appropriate and also a bit eerie.”

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Video : Tei Shi : “Bassically”

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“Bassically”, one of our favorite songs of last year, from Tei Shi received the video treatment. Directed by Nicholas Pesce, the visual features “a troop of bad ass girls” with almost a Tarantino/grindhouse look to it. If you haven’t already, you better be paying attention to this girl and expect to hear more and more about her. Her new EP, Verde, will be hitting shelves on April 14th courtesy of Mermaid Avenue/Mom + Pop. Watch below.

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Video : MOURN : “Your Brain Is Made Of Candy”

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Spain had the pleasure of providing us with two of our favorite new bands in 2014, Hinds (formerly Deers) and MOURN. The latter have their debut self-titled LP coming out physically on February 17th via Captured Tracks (you can stream it over at Spotify). To lead us closer to that date, they have delivered a new video for “Your Brain Is Made of Candy” directed by Roger Guàrdia. You will see a boy who has blue liquid (aka candy) coming out of him. Watch below.

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Video : Lxury : “Square 1″ (feat. Deptford Goth)

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South London’s Lxury has his newest EP, Into The Everywhere, out now via the label Greco-Roman. The release is a interesting blend of electronic subgenres such as trance, house, and ambient woven into lush layers and textures. The most accessible track on the release might come in the form of “Square 1″ featuring the vocals of Deptford Goth, which we now have a video for. Directed by Mau Morgo, the visual is a CGI take on African funeral rituals. From Morgo:

“In the Dogon funeral ritual, the relationship between the dead and alive is made through dance, not words – there is nothing simpler than body language. (The video) starts with a presentation of the characters as if they were wooden African statues in a dark museum. Later when the ritual starts, the dance begins. The right hands represent the ones that are alive – they dance with the dead (left hands) – to guide them to a better place.” During the final moments, both come together, merging into one before disappearing – “the ritual has finished, everyone is in his place.”

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Video : Leave The Planet : “Winter Sleep”

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London-based band Leave The Planet first came to our attention last year with their fluttering, new-wave vibes they cast on the “Coasts”/”Sarah, Where Are You” single. Today, they have announced another new single showcasing the songs “The Night is Ours” featuring Jack Eden and “Winter Sleep” available now via Kanine Records. The latter song was revealed with a sparkling, overcast-heavy new video directed and edited by Jack Milwaukee. Both songs are currently available to stream at their Bandcamp.

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